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HANDBOOK (3rd Edition) - 2006
The Handbook was prepared to provide consumers, residential, small business, not-for-profit, and commercial customers - information needed to make informed choices when selecting energy and telecommunications providers in the restructured energy and telecommunications marketplace. It also includes information about water and sewer rates and services, Consumer Bill of Rights, information about the deregulation of the Cable Television industry, and what to do during drought conditions and weather emergencies that affect energy and water services.
MANUAL FOR GOVERNMENT AGGREGATORS: GUIDE TO SECTIONS 42-45 OF THE "ELECTRIC DISCOUNT AND ENERGY COMPETITIONS ACT - NOVEMBER 2003 ORDER FORM
This manual provides step by step guidance to those New Jersey Municipalities considering aggregating the energy needs of their residential and commercial constituents together with their own municipal load to obtain better pricing from gas and electric suppliers by aggregating a larger load and blending the requirements of customers. Draft Model Forms are included.
These Position Papers on the state’s most fragile natural resource - water-have been prepared to provide all available information as of May 2001 on emerging federal, state and local efforts to monitor, protect, conserve and defend this precious resource as well as the water industry’s efforts to continue to provide safe and reliable potable water at affordable rates.
While the private
sector has been quick to capitalize on the opportunities presented by
information age technologies, the public sector has generally been slower
to react. This resource paper on networking opportunities for local governments
made possible by the current state of the law, regulation, and technology
was prepared by the Rate Councel in connection with the program
prepared for the League of Municipalities Third Annual Summit on Energy
and Telecommunications Opportunities for Local Governments, March 12,
2000 to stimulate creative thinking among local leaders about bringing
the fruits of the information explosion to their constituents and local
NEGOTIATING CABLE FRANCHISE RENEWALS - MAY 2000
manual provides an overview of the cable franchise renewal process as
well as providing recommendations for municipalities to consider when
engaging in cable franchise renewal negotiation. Prepared by the Division
of Rate Councel and Telecommunications and Cable TV staff in connection
with the program prepared for the League of Municipalities Third Annual
Summit on Energy and Telecommunications Opportunities for Local Governments,
March 12, 2000.
POSITION PAPERS ON TELECOMMUNICATIONS, JANUARY 2000
Papers on the evolving state of telecommunications in New Jersey and nationally
have been prepared to provide as much information as is current as of
December 1999 about emerging advanced technologies and the fast changing
telecommunications marketplace born of the Federal Telecommunications
Act of 1996 (Federal Act) which has generated revolutionary change in
the availability and marketing of telecommunications and cable TV services.
UNIVERSAL SERVICE: ENSURING LIFELINE ENERGY AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS SERVICES IN THE COMPETITIVE MARKETPLACE EMERGING IN NEW JERSEY
was prepared for the special Statewide meeting held on June 11, 1999 sponsored
by the Rate Councel in association with AARP attended by representatives
from utilities, and state and local government and not-for-profit agencies
concerned with the provision of assistance to low income ratepayers experiencing
difficulties with energy and telecommunication bills. It also provides
information concerning how other states are providing low income consumers,
the sick, and the elderly, assistance to ensure the availability of universal
energy and telecommunications services in the wake of deregulation.
ELECTRIC DEREGULATION: WHAT’S THE NEXT STEP FOR MUNICIPALITIES?
This publication was prepared for a statewide seminar convened on May 5, 1999 by the New Jersey State League of Municipalities with the cooperation of the Rate Councel to provide elected officials and municipal administrators information on the provisions of the Electric Discount and Energy Competition Act (Public Law 1999, c.23) including an overview of municipal aggregation.
In addition to information about New Jersey’s restructuring provisions, programs that benefit municipalities in other states that have adopted energy restructuring legislation are discussed, as well as the benefits to consumers of advanced metering and energy efficiency.
POSITION PAPERS ON ENERGY RESTRUCTURING
This document analyzes issues confronting ratepayers concerning energy deregulation so as to insure that all customers in local communities including municipal, residential, small business, and industrial users, can benefit from competition in the state energy industry. Developed by the Rate Councel and legal staff, the position papers include materials about New Jersey and what other states are doing about energy deregulation.
CREATING SMART COMMUNITIES: PLANNING AFFORDABLE TELECOMMUNICATIONS NETWORKS
provides an overview of informed telecommunications planning. It was prepared
by the Rate Councel and legal staff for a December 1997 Conference
for representatives of municipal, county, and regional governments interested
in developing strategic telecommunication infrastructures to provide economic
development and educational benefits for their communities.
MUNICIPAL AGGREGATION: DELIVERING THE BENEFITS OF UTILITY DEREGULATION TO YOUR LOCAL COMMUNITY
of documents and information explores choices afforded by energy deregulation
so that all ratepayers in local communities including municipal, residential,
and small business customers can benefit from competition in the state
energy industry. Prepared for a conference for state, regional and municipal
representatives sponsored by the Rate Councel in June, 1997, it
provides "Almost Everything You Need to Know About Delivering the
Benefits of Deregulation Through Choice to Your Local Community".
Developed by the Rate Councel and legal staff, it includes materials
about New Jersey and what other states are doing about energy deregulation.
"Before 2000" was developed with information provided by the New Jersey Department of Education and the New Jersey Libraries Association. In it, the Division of the Rate Councel provides an essential tool for decision makers developing technology plans for New Jersey’s schools and public libraries. "Before 2000" provides a detailed cost model to put computers in every public library and provide one computer for every five students.
"Before 2000" was the foundation for the Rate Councel’s universal service proposal filed with the Board of Public Utilities regarding establishment of state discounts for telecommunications services to New Jersey schools and libraries.
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